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Learn About IAAPA Advocacy

Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities worldwide. The organization represents more than 5,300 facility, supplier, and individual members from more than 100 countries, including professionals from:

  • Amusement parks, theme parks, and attractions
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Museums and science centers
  • Water parks and resorts
  • Zoos and aquariums
  • Industry manufacturers and suppliers

IAAPA helps our members improve their efficiency, marketing, safety, and profitability while maintaining the highest possible professional standards in the industry.

Facts & Statistics:

October 2018

Euromonitor Consulting

IAAPA North America Economic Impact Study

The attractions industry is a vital part of the U.S. economy, producing a total nationwide economic impact of $51 billion, with $28 billion in direct impacts and $23 billion in indirect impacts.

Total Attraction Attendance:  333 million visitors

Direct Employment Impacts: 530,178 jobs

Total Employment Impacts: 733,605 jobs

Direct Revenue Impacts: $28 billion

Total Revenue Impacts: $51 billion

Taxes Paid: $6.4 billion

Total Firms (Amusement Parks, Water Parks and FECs): Over 5,500

About IAAPA Government Affairs Efforts:

Safety is the number one priority for the attractions industry. The U.S. attractions industry is a world leader in the promotion and development of ride safety standards. IAAPA works with ASTM International and other standards-setting groups worldwide to develop and update industry safety and maintenance requirements. This, in conjunction with state and local regulation of amusement rides and devices, has resulted in a strong safety record for the industry.

Issue Areas:

  • ADA Accessibility
  • Animals in Professional Care
  • Aquatic Health Code
  • Drones/Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Food Menu Labeling
  • Human Resources/Labor Issues such as: minimum wage increase, paid sick leave and scheduling
  • J1 Exchange Visitor Program
  • School Calendar
  • Taxes
  • Tourism

IAAPA Government Relations

2111 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 304

Alexandria, VA 22314

Main: +1 703/299-5758


IAAPA Global Headquarters

4155 West Taft Vineland Road

Orlando, FL 32837

Main: +1 321/319-7600